LUXList Designer Edition | Alyssa Urban

The contrast of old and new will most certainly always be a feature in Alyssa Urban’s designs. We are excited to feature Alyssa Urban, a design partner at Cullman & Kravis as this week’s LUXList Designer. Having the unique talent of blending classic and contemporary pieces, she creates rich, warm, inviting spaces, paying special attention to incorporating eclectic details. Having spent a period living in Florence, where her skills and appreciation of antiquing were developed, she enjoys taking the time to hunt out that individual piece which will fit a space just so. From custom to contemporary & antique to arts you will find unsurpassed attention to detail and a true eye for design. Discover what Alyssa loves on and how she describes her own aesthetic!

Alyssa’s LUXList Picks

Octagonal Panelled Mirror
Flair Edition Brutalist Brass Sculptural Screen
A Wiener Werkstaette Wall or Ceiling Lamp

Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?

Clean lines, eclectic with accents of color and custom details.

What do you love about using antiques in your designs?

I love that they can make a space feel unique and special. I also find the hunt for the perfect pieces to be so much fun! You never know where you might find them.

What inspires you?

Traveling and seeing what is out in the world.

What is your favorite LUXList piece and why?  How would you use it?

I chose the Nenuphar Blue Side Table because it is functional, great looking and is a perfect way to add a hit of color to any room.

Sharp lines in this statement mirror are a great contrast to the opulent gold side table and textured throw.
An elaborate gold chandelier and a monochromatic abstract art piece demonstrate how Alyssa blends bold modern and vintage elements into her designs.
A lot of thought goes into choosing the right artwork for a space, Alyssa makes a point of finding new artists to feature in classic settings. In this design, contemporary pieces are displayed  in opulent gold frames.

Alyssa Urban, a Design Partner at Cullman & Kravis, is a New York City native with a BA in Interior Design at the University of Wisconsin. After living in Florence, Italy where she developed her antiquing skills, she began her career in television as a set designer for The Conan O’Brien and Dana Carvey shows and eventually moved her talents to the interior design industry. After working for several noteworthy firms doing both hospitality and residential design, Alyssa came to Cullman and Kravis in 2000. She has completed significant residences such as a Georgian residence in Houston, a New Jersey estate in Horse Country, a Fifth Avenue Pied-a-terre, and a waterfront home in Sagaponack. Alyssa is known for layering her interiors with both traditional and modern elements and loves shopping the Art and Antique shows, seeking out up and coming artists, popping contemporary art within a traditional setting. She resides in New York with her husband and two young children.

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